As an MCAD student you can opt to live in our on-campus apartments or you can live off campus.
MCAD offers private and shared apartments—not crowded dorms—that contain full kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, and storage space. Living on campus puts you right in the center of our college community, where you’ll have easy access to student events and campus facilities, most of which are open 24/7.
- Most first-year students opt to live on campus.
- Campus housing is very competitively priced compared to off-campus housing—plus you'll have smaller deposits and no commuting expenses.
- On-site resident assistants provide support, advice, and referrals.
What to Expect
Seven on-campus buildings offer apartments in single, double, triple, and quad occupancies for undergraduate students and international MFA students. Choose between unfurnished apartments or furnished apartments. All buildings have self-locking entries, coin-operated laundry facilities, vending machines, and locked mailboxes.
All apartments include:
- broadband internet access
- shower curtain
- window blinds
- oven and stovetop
In addition to the above, furnished apartments also include:
- drawing table for each resident
- due to space limitations, some students may share tables
- chairs for drawing tables are not provided
- dresser for each resident
- floor lamp(s)
- kitchen table and chairs
- standard twin bed for each resident (twin long not available)
Details and Policies
Complete MCAD housing information and policies are detailed in the MCAD Housing Handbook.
Pets: No pets are permitted in MCAD housing.
Apartment and Roommate Selection: Housing and roommate assignments will be made based as much as possible on the preferences stated in your housing application. Requests for specific roommates must be made by both roommates.
Parking: MCAD cannot provide on-campus parking for students who live in campus housing.
Security: Campus security force is on duty twenty-four hours a day.
An MCAD student enjoys the company of a furry friend in off-campus housing. As much as MCAD loves cats, pets are not allowed in on-campus housing.
MCAD is located in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis. Just one mile south of downtown, Whittier contains a number of popular landmarks such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Children's Theater, and Eat Street. This area contains a rich concentration of artists, musicians, foodies, and cultural diversity.
There are plenty of great off-campus housing options in Whittier. If you bike, drive, or take advantage of public transportation, your housing options expand even further.
Starting Your Search
Begin your search early. The more time you allow yourself, the better the chance you have of finding a place that is suitable and affordable. The MCAD Housing Office posts available off-campus apartments for rent. You are encouraged to use additional apartment search resources as well.
Popular Apartment Search Websites
Neighborhood Searches and Word of Mouth
One of the best search techniques is looking for physical "Available for Rent" signs in your desired neighborhood. Some of the best apartments in the area pass from person to person with little-to-no advertising, so asking friends and neighbors if they know of availabilities is a good idea.
Things to Consider
- Living alone is generally more expensive than living with roommates.
- Utilities, including heat, electricity, and internet, may not be included in the price of rent.
- How much time and money will you spend getting to and from school, grocery stores, and work?
- Does the neighborhood/street/unit seem safe?
- Duration of lease
- One year is typical, but six-month and month-to-month leases are also offered.
- Condition of unit
- Check cleanliness, appliances, water pressure, fixtures, locks, lighting, outlets, and laundry.
MCAD's campus and the Whittier neighborhood is generally quite safe. That said, there are ways to be proactive about avoiding unsafe situations.
- Consider the security of the building, such as door and window locks, well-lit hallways, and well-lit streets
- Contact Community Crime Prevention/SAFE at 612.673.3015 for neighborhood crime information
- Drive through the area both during the day and at night
Don't underestimate the importance of first impressions. The impression you give may determine whether or not you get the apartment. But remember, first impressions go both ways; listen to your instincts before doing business with an unfamiliar person. Most importantly, ask questions and do your research!
Resources are available should you need assistance in relations with your landlord.
MCAD recommends that all students living on or off campus have personal property insurance. Property/renter's insurance tends to be very affordable and worthwhile. If applicable, check with your family’s homeowners insurance to see if you can add a property insurance rider at a low cost.
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